FIR103 - Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter, Part II

I.     Course Prefix/Number: FIR 103

       Course Name: FIR103 - Firefighter II / Basic Firefighter, Part II

       Credits: 5 (3 lecture; 6 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommended: FIR 101 Concurrent enrollment in FIR 102 Required.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course continues to instruct the students in the theory, basic individual skills, and team skills required for using and operating fire suppression and ancillary equipment. Content includes: fire organization, fire behavior, safety, self-contained breathing apparatus, portable fire extinguishers, ladders, fire hose and appliances, building construction, forcible entry, ventilation, water supply, nozzles and fire streams, rescue, fire control, ropes and knots, loss control, fire detection-alarm & fire suppression systems, fire prevention and public education, protecting evidence for cause and determination, communications, terrorism, and firefighter survival.

This course meets the standards set forth by the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal (OSFM) and the guidelines of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

IV.   Learning Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to: 

  1. Identify different techniques for handling a rescue.
  2. Describe the primary functions of the Engine Company and Ladder Company.
  3. Show knowledge of using a fire hydrant and the ability to connect hoses and nozzles appropriately to develop a water supply line.
  4. Demonstrate of when and how to utilize different types of ventilation.
  5. Address the necessity for customer service skills to be utilized when dealing with an emergency.
  6. Describe some of the benefits of public education.

Performance Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the appropriate tools used for forcible entry.
  2. Tie three fire department knots.
  3. Demonstrate a right hand or left hand search of a building.
  4. Explain the functions of an engine company.
  5. Demonstrate advancing a pre-connected 1¾" hose line.
  6. Demonstrate making a water supply line with large diameter hose.
  7. Demonstrate advancing a hose line in coordination with other members.
  8. Explain the workings of a fire hydrant.
  9. Describe the different phases of burning.
  10. Demonstrate the appropriate use of different types of nozzles.
  11. Explain the functions of a ladder company.
  12. Demonstrate the appropriate technique for roof ventilation.
  13. Demonstrate the technique for positive pressure ventilation.
  14. Identify common roof types and construction in the Tucson area.
  15. Explain the purpose of overhaul.
  16. Demonstrate the use of a salvage cover.
  17. Explain the importance of fire prevention.
  18. Identify common fire hazards found in business occupancies.
  19. Explain the importance of customer service.

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. Rescue
    1. Forcible entry
    2. Ropes and knots
    3. Extrication
  2. Engine Company Operations
    1. One person hose operations
      1. Hose handling
      2. Supply lines
      3. Hose appliances
    2. Team hose operations
      1. Advancing lines on grade
      2. Advancing lines above and below grade
      3. Large stream devices
      4. Protection systems
    3. Water supply
      1. Hydrants
      2. Static sources
      3. Testing and records
    4. Firefighting
      1. Phases of burning
      2. Fire stream application
      3. Safety
  3. Ladder Company Operations
    1. Ventilation
    2. Tools
    3. Roof types
    4. Salvage and overhaul
  4. Fire Prevention
    1. Public education
    2. Introduction to fire codes
  5. Communications
    1. Use of the radio
    2. Order model

VII.  Methods of Instruction

  • Lectures
  • Handouts
  • Video/PowerPoint
  • Case Study
  • Scenarios
  • Class Discussion
  • Group Discussion
  • Table top exercises
  • Hands on training
  • Live Fire Training

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Group Participation
  • Class Discussion
  • Practical Exercises
  • Hands on training
  • Live Fire Training


IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills, Third Edition, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Jones & Bartlett ISBN-13: 9781284059656

Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills Student Workbook, Third Edition, Third Edition, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), Jones & Bartlett ISBN-13: 9781449688240

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Attendance Policy:

Students are advised to insure adequate travel time so as to be “on the line” when class begins. Tardiness is not tolerated. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory. Any deviation or exception to this policy is purely at the discretion of the instructor. Only special circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Evaluation: Weighted   
Quizzes 25% 25 points
Practical Assessments Pass/Fail Pass/Fail
Mid-term Written Exam    25% 25 points
Final Written Exam 50% 50 points
Final Practical Exam Pass/Fail Pass/Fail
TOTAL 100 Points
  1. Quizzes are given upon completion of the instructional and practical portion of each subject.
  2. The student must achieve a minimum of 80% on all quizzes
  3. A practical exam is given on each subject after practice or skill evolution is given on a Pass/Fail basis (all or nothing).
  4. The student is required to pass all practical assessments. 
  5. Mid-term exam is weighted at 25% of the overall grade
  6. The final written exam is weighted at 50% of the overall grade
  7. A Final Pass/Fail Practical Exam is given at the end of the academy. Each student will perform all skills during this exam (all or nothing).

The Final Course Exam

Upon completion of instruction in all subject areas, the two part final exam will be given. The student is required to pass both final written and final practical exam with a minimum of 80% each.

The final written exam consists of 200- multiple-choice questions. The student who successfully passes the written exam will return on a designated date to complete the final practical exam.

The final practical exam consists of all the Job Performance Requirements (JPRs) skill sheets. The student will perform all skills during the final practical exam.

Retakes for a student who fails to achieve the 80% will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis considering the students’ performance and scores over the entire course.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.